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NDP MLAs Greene, Singh, and Yao say more $10 a Day child care spaces are coming to Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:12 PDT, Tue April 2, 2024

New Democrat MLAs Kelly Greene, Aman Singh and Henry Yao say families in Richmond will save money on child care as local child care sites becomes $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites where fees are capped at a maximum of $200 a month per child.

"Providing affordable child care options empowers parents to make life and career choices that work best for their family," says Kelly Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. "This investment not only supports families but also strengthens the fabric of our community."

In Richmond, three local childcare facilities will become $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites, with fees dramatically reduced for parents:

  • Alderwood House North River, 18 spaces
  • Sprouts YMCA Child Care Centre, 37 spaces
  • Tomsett YMCA Child Care, 25 spaces

"These new child care spaces represent tangible relief for families grappling with the high cost of living," says Aman Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. "By easing the financial burden, we are fostering an environment where parents can pursue their careers and children can thrive."

"Investing in our children today means we're laying the groundwork for a brighter and more prosperous tomorrow," says Henry Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre. "These additional child care spaces reflect our ongoing efforts to alleviate financial strain for families and ensure every child has access to quality early learning opportunities."

Spaces in the $10 a Day ChildCareBC program reduce the average cost of child care from $1,120 a month at participating facilities (for full-time, centre-based infant care) to $200 a month, saving families approximately $920 a month per child on average.

The newly approved $10 a Day spaces are being offered at 27 child care centres throughout B.C., bringing the total number of $10 a Day spaces in B.C. to over 15,000, keeping the province on course to achieve the goal of 20,000 spaces by spring 2026.

This intake focussed on areas that did not yet have $10 a Day spaces, or that had a low number compared with the population to best ensure families in more regions could access this program.

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